- easily managed or handled; tractable: a docile horse.
- readily trained or taught; teachable.
Origin of docile
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Examples from the Web for docile
She also features a more natural face than the one of docile serenity so often bestowed on the Queen of Heaven.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
The middle classes,” Satyarthi once told the BBC, want “cheap, docile labour.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic
October 11, 2014
The tabloids demand that Kate Middleton be as docile as Jane Seymour, whose personal motto was “Bound to obey and serve.”Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us?
April 25, 2013
Carrico recalls that the detainees were actually compliant and docile that first day.Terry Carrico, Ex-Guantánamo Prison Commander, Says Facility Should Close
January 6, 2012
As a mother—and a former rebellious teen in my own docile way—I know this story is a lot more complicated than the headlines.Why Honor Killings Happen
Asra Q. Nomani
October 15, 2009
"As docile as Daisy" might have been a proverb in the neighborhood, so general was this view of her nature.In the Valley
But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He was not used among his docile Canadians to any such speech as this.Hetty's Strange History
She had been a docile pupil, but was incapable of any real progress.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But for all that they were docile, contented and, within their limitations, not unhappy.City of Endless Night
- easy to manage, control, or discipline; submissive
- rare ready to learn; easy to teach
Word Origin and History for docile
late 15c., "easily taught," from Italian or French docile, from Latin docilis "easily taught," from docere "teach" (see doctor). Sense of "obedient, submissive" first recorded 1774.